Grover Hot Springs
Markleeville CA • California State Parks • State Park Campground, Hot Soak
Number of visits: 5
bathroom: yes • water: yes
The springs at Grover gurgle out of the hillside into a beautiful U-shaped alpine meadow. So it should be a groovy, enchanted place, but sadly it is managed by the State Parks system, who do their darnedest to take the grooviness out of it.
Access to soak in the water is limited It is a couple of rectangular concrete tubs - a big one with lukewarm water, and a shallow (3') one, maybe 40'x20' which they keep at a pleasantly toasty 104°. There are showers and cubbyholes to store your stuff. Pretty nice really, just not groovy.
There is a campground, but I am not listing it since I didn't stay there. I was kvetching at the excellent young man at the campground check-in about the $25 (off season rate!) for a parking spot in the boring piney woods. I was fully planning to do it, but he told me that a couple of miles back, on National Forest land.